Travel Opportunities

The Arts & Architecture of Cuba: February 20-27, 2016

Immerse yourself in Cuba’s fascinating history and distinctive culture, and delight in its warm hospitality, on our “people to people” program this February. We will discover this captivating Caribbean nation as we enjoy behind-the-scenes access to its vibrant arts community, visits to the studios and homes of emerging artists, private tours of top museums, walks through atmospheric Old Havana, and specially arranged performances of music and dance. Traveling outside of Havana, we’ll visit Ernest Hemingway’s home in the hilltop village of San Francisco de Paula, Varadero, and explore the rich Afro-Cuban heritage of Matanzas, known as the “Athens of Cuba.”

To learn more, you can review the brochure or contact Academic Arrangements Abroad at 212.514.8921 or 800.221.1944.

Shakespeare Rediscovered, Explore the Legacy of the Bard Aboard the L’Austral: April 28-May 9 2016

Next year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and in honor of the occasion, we are offering a very special journey that celebrates the life and legacy of the immortal Bard. We invite you on a journey between London and Dublin in the company of Stephen Segaller, executive producer of the WNET series Shakespeare Uncovered. During our stay in London, we’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Globe Theatre and visit the remains of the Rose Theatre, the first purpose-built playhouse to stage a production of any of Shakespeare’s works. Attending an evening performance at the Globe caps this day of discovery. Before embarking our deluxe five-star small cruise ship, L’Austral, right in the heart of London, we’ll take an overland excursion to Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon. And the next eight days will have us calling at the highlights of the region: the perfectly-preserved medieval town of Bruges; the singular Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly; Ireland’s towering Cliffs of Moher; and mystical Giant’s Causeway near Belfast. Mr. Segaller will regale us with lively discussions and lectures throughout the journey, exploring the idea that Shakespeare is “not of an age, but for all time.”

To learn more, you can review the brochure or contact PONANT at 1-888-400-1082.

Past Travel Programs

The Arts & Architecture of Cuba

In 2014 and 2015, WNET offered Patrons an exciting opportunity to discover the arts and architecture of Cuba. Guests enjoyed exclusive access to the vibrant arts community of this captivating Caribbean nation, featuring private tours of top museums, visits to the studios and homes of emerging artists, and specially arranged performances of music and dance. Patrons explored old Havana, and traveled outside the city to the Bay of Pigs, historic Cienfuegos, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Trinidad.

Jewels of the Mediterranean

In November 2011, WNET Patrons cruised the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas aboard the Seven Seas Mariner. This 10-night cruise visited eight beautiful maritime ports, with public broadcasters journalists Gwen Ifill and Scott Simon, and American Experience producer Mark Samels. The cruise departed in Venice, Italy and docked in both Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta; Tunis, Tunisia; Florence/Pisa/Livorno in Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and ended its voyage in Rome, Italy.

Vienna: A New Year’s Celebration

vienna_patron_travelPatrons experienced the magical winter season in 2010 in Vienna, Austria’s enchanting capital on the Danube. During a delightful week at the illustrious Sacher Hotel, we visited the palatial Kunsthistoriches Museum and its fabulous collection of Old Master paintings, attended a training performance of the famed Lipizzaner stallions, and enjoyed a performance at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Then we toasted the New Year at the Imperial Ball, held in the former winter residence of the Austrian Emperor.

Dutch and Flemish Landscapes

Following two nights in The Hague in April 2010, Patrons embarked on the elegant new Amadolce for a one-week river cruise with Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip. Visits ashore included Rotterdam, with its contemporary architecture; Ghent, where the Van Eyck brothers’ Ghent Altarpiece is a highlight; and medieval Bruges, laced with canals and gardens.

Antiquities of Egypt

In February 2010, Patrons enjoyed a very memorable trip to Egypt, where they saw the awe-inspiring Great Pyramid complex at Giza, the vast temples in Luxor, and the riches of Cairo’s museums. The exceptional winter journey also featured a four-night Nile River cruise aboard the M.S. Sonesta Nile Goddess, a deluxe vessel offering all modern amenities, continental cuisine and a small swimming pool. Egyptologist Lanny Bell, a leader in the documentation of Egypt’s ancient monuments, further enriched our program with his lectures and insights.

A Special Presentation: “Adventures in Tourism in 19th-century Luxor”


Watch Dr. Lanny Bell’s (Visiting Scholar in Egyptology, Brown University Professor) presentation entitled “Adventures in Tourism in 19th-century Luxor.”

In the Realm of the Winged Lion

In the Realm of the Winged LionIn October 2009, Patrons set sail aboard the Sea Cloud II from Venice for an enchanting voyage across the Adriatic Sea. On this luxurious and majestic ship, they traveled along the picturesque coasts of Italy and Croatia to visit sites that were at the heart of the Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Renaissance worlds.

They explored the stunning landscapes and historic towns in excellent company. Olivier Bernier, the acclaimed art historian and author, was on board as a fellow traveler.

Waterways of the Tsars

Waterways of the TsarsIn June 2009 we departed for a very special summer voyage aboard the M.S. Volga Dream. As we navigated the gentle Russian waterways, the countryside revealed a fascinating land of peaceful villages and domed monasteries. Moscow and St. Petersburg delighted us with their splendid palaces, extraordinary museum collections and architectural treasures.

Our trip began in Moscow, where highlights included the golden cupolas of the Kremlin cathedrals and the tsarist treasures on a visit to the Armory Museum. We then embarked the M.S. Volga Dream and cruised to medieval Uglich, the Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl, the village of Goritsy, the small island of Kizhy and the town of Mandrogi. Our voyage concludee with three days in St. Petersburg, with its fabulous Hermitage Museum and St. Isaacs Cathedral.

We were delighted to have Simon Marks, Special Correspondent for The NewsHour, accompany the group, offering unique insights into Russia’s history and political culture.